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Coyotes re-sign Rundbald, four other players

Jul 22, 2013, 10:13 PM EDT

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The Phoenix Coyotes re-signed five players on Monday, most notably inking defenseman David Runblad to a two-year, one-way contract.

Phoenix also handed defenseman Mark Louis a two-year, two-way contract while giving one-year, two-way deals to forwards Brett Hextall and Brandon McMillan and blueliner Mathieu Brodeur.

The financial details haven’t been shared, so the most interesting tidbit is that Rundblad, 22, receives a one-way pact. The offensive defenseman receives a nod as a full-time NHLer next season after playing 50 games in the AHL versus just eight with the Coyotes in 2013.

Rundblad struggled in his limited time with Phoenix (one assist and a -5 rating in eight contests) while he put up nice numbers for the Portland Pirates (39 points in 50 games).

At such a young age, the Coyotes are reasonable to believe that the Swede can get the hang of things at the NHL level, possibly starting in 2013-14.

  1. kaptaanamerica - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    At least Gretzky isn’t there to ruin the young guy’s development.

  2. soldierone - Jul 23, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Spelled his name wrong in the title of this article.

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Jul 23, 2013 at 2:09 AM

      …and in the first paragraph, too.

  3. hildezero - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:46 AM

    Just great young talent that the Coyotes have, it’s great.

    • kaptaanamerica - Jul 23, 2013 at 6:14 AM

      What would have been better is if the coyotes had someone who cares about developing all the young players who they had drafted in the lean years. One thing is for sure that under a real coach at least the draft picks have a chance.

  4. hroark99 - Jul 23, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    Heard he took less money than he was offered elsewhere in exchange for the certainty of a long-term home in the Phoenix/Glendale area.

    • hockey412 - Jul 23, 2013 at 8:03 AM

      As an RFA, really? :)

      The certainty of a two year contract without a trade clause? :)

  5. pxland - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    I don’t know how his name is really spelled (per the commentors above), but “Rundbald” makes me think of a redneck tire company.

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